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Does sound lose quality if sped up and then slowed down back to normal speed?

I am trying to research and find whether audio quality degrades if sped up and then slowed back down to it's normal speed, on the one hand its shortening the track so there is bound to be a loss of ...
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Is it okay to increase the gain of the master stereo output if enough headroom is available?

Will I suffer any quality loss if in my sequencer (Cubase 10) I turn up the master stereo out volume to reach a certain minimum volume, if this works out without clipping (enough headroom present on ...
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Quality loss when using high amounts of gain in DAW instead of recording louder

Does it result in a loss in quality for my audio file, if I record really silent and have to apply strong gain (+30dB) in my DAW, instead of just recording the signal a little louder by increasing the ...
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How can I create 8-bit audio files?

I have a client that wants 8-bit WAV files with music for telephone IVR recordings. I work in Adobe Audition and one time by some fluke the recording did not sound too bad. I was not able to reproduce ...
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My keyboard recordings sound tinny/low quality

I’ve recently started recording piano covers for Youtube. I use a USB and Audacity to record the audio. However, when I play it back on my computer it sounds more tinny or lower quality than my ...
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Which acoustic spectogram shows higher quality of audio file?

I have three acoustic spectograms of different copies of the same song: MP3; 320 kbps; 9.20 MB M4A (AAC); 256 kbps; 7.46 MB; Converted from 1. audio file via iTunes M4A (AAC); 225 kbps; 6.87 MB ...
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How can I detect the sample and bit rate coming from my iPhone?

I want to experimentally prove that the iPhone can play 24 bit audio through the USB port (and also >44.1 sample rate but that is more trivial). How can I test this? I have a decent budget so a DAC ...
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Does lossy to lossless make sense in this case?

So, from my understanding audio lossy to lossless conversion is a no no. However, what if I want to edit a lossy file (e.g. change tempo, make cuts etc) and I don't want to lose quality by converting ...
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USB Headset simulation

i am trying to validate the audio quality over different USB headsets. As you might know USB headsets have variety of audio aspects like number of channels, sample rates they support, bit depths etc ...
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FLAC --bps setting real meaning

I'm going to grab some audio from DVD in best possible quality. My software supports FLAC encoder and lets me to choose various bit per sample settings for it: 8, 16 or 24. And I got confused. FLAC ...
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Do I lose any quality when trimming an MP3 with Adobe Audition?

I use Adobe Audition to trim out parts of MP3 files. I then save it as a new file. I get the following message: Now, do I really lose any quality from the original file? I mean, the format is ...
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Which spectrogram shows higher quality of the song?

I have two spectrograms of different copies of the same song. I just wanted to know how to tell which one has a greater quality than the other. Could someone help me? I think that the first one has ...
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Should I sell this awesome equipment?

I bet any music-lover / audiophiile knows this one. You own or find or get a great piece of audio equipment, be it speakers, a huge old tube amp, old mixing desk, vintage headphones, etc. for which ...
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Does transmission of sound through laser beam affects its quality?

If i transmit my audio through a laser beam does it affacts its quality in any form?
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How do expensive headphones compare to cheaper ones? [closed]

Take the Monster Inspiration (specificially), how does a total audio noob know that these are worth the extra dosh in comparison to for example $100 Audio-Technica MX40's? Websites report on both ...
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using many USB inputs

does using many usb 2.0 input makes the audio quality any bad? because I am using 6 usb input in my laptop through usb audio interfaces, keys , sonuus and other devices. I doubt it might lower my ...
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Audio interface or Mixer with built-in audio interface?

Currently I have no equipment, but i plan on building up a very basic home studio and home DJing setup. The first thing i want to buy is a set of self powered studio monitors (KRK Rokit RP5's). I was ...
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How can I find the audible difference between a flac audio and it's corresponding mp3 file

I am looking for writing a program to achieve this. The video: https://tidalhifi.com/in/video/lossless-explained demonstrates what I am asking about. Thanks in advance.
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What are the sources of signal loss in cables and their connections?

What are the major sources of loss when sending a signal over cables? What is the impact of digital vs analog, cable material/length and the number and quality of cable connectors? Are there any ...
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best quality of recording synthesizer

Just trying to figure out the best way to get the most of out of my sound recording with my synthezier. I have a yamaha s90x which has such a great sound, which most of the qualities are lost ...
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How lossless is my lossless music?

I have ripped an audio CD using iTunes and saved it in Apple Lossless format. I used Spek to draw a specrtogram and here is the result: My first question is, why doesn't it go all the way up to 22 ...
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What impact does applying gain to a digital audio signal have on playback?

I'd like to know what role digital gain (volume) control has on logical and perceived quality. I do have knowledge about how audio is stored digitally but do not know how volume works beyond the fact ...
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My songs lose quality on high volume

I use cubase 5 and some vst's like nexus, silenth1, battery, etc. I have an HS50M yamaha monitor speaker and 2 Beyerdynamic monitor headphones and a Motu track 16 as my sound card. My problem is ...
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If we recorded tracks at 48khz, and are mixing through an analog console, is there any benefit to printing the mix in 96khz instead of 48khz?

We have a situation where we recorded tracks at 48khz. However, the final mix will be printed through an analog console. Is there any benefit - and if so, how much - to printing the mix through the ...
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If we recorded tracks at 48khz, and are mixing through an analog console, is there any benefit to printing the mix in 96khz instead of 48khz?

We have a situation where we recorded tracks at 48khz. However, the final mix will be printed through an analog console. Is there any benefit - and if so, how much - to printing the mix through the ...
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Max audio sample rates? [duplicate]

I work as a sort of multi-purpose engineer/developer at a very small startup game company. Recently, I've been asked to help out with audio development and editing, and I've been mostly able to hold ...
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Getting Tight & Crisp Sound

A bit of weird question, I don't even know how to ask it but I love listening to the cinematic for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria not only is the work done on it great but I love the sonic ...
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what causes the difference in cord quality between brands?

While "jamming" with a friend over the weekend, I noticed that every single one of the cables in his setup were the same brand. I even have one of the same type (but didn't know which it was from not ...
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Strange corruption in optical/toslink audio from PS3

Please listen to this: http://nate.quandra.org/wtf.wav It's me moving through the PS3 main menu and then playing part of a Bluray. You can hear that the clicking menu interface sound effect "hangs on"...
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Deliverable Quality Control - Talk to me.

This is for you sound-heads out there that routinely (or even not-so-routinely) deal with full deliverables for audio post. The client is asking for full splits - VO, On-camera, Nat, Music, etc, ...
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Handheld XLR Input Tests

Hey guys! I tried searching the many questions about these handhelds, but I have a specific question: Has anyone done tests or has anyone tried out various handhelds to know which one sounds the best ...
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How many people use recordings from their Zoom or Handheld recorder?

Just like the title says... Obviously we are all nuts when it comes to sound and sound quality but how far does that go with recordings we use. Do Handheld recorder recordings get used in your ...
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Enhance badly converted 128kbps mp3 samples

i have very old recordings of songs (from my own bands) for which i don't have the source anymore and which have been badly converted to a bad quality mp3 (128kbps) I know that's all wrong but i was ...
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Why do some companies still sell SFX with 44.1 kHz sample-rates ?

Hi, I was wondering lately about differences in samplerates of wellknown sound libraries. Why does Sound Ideas, or other sound sellers, still deliver their libraries at 44.1 kHz instead of 48 kHz, ...
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Best sounding podcast

I am right now as we type mixing the first podcast in a series which will be distributed on iTunes. It's along the lines of Radiolab in content. I need your help in filling out a short survey for me ...
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Does lowering the pitch of a sound lower the quality?

I recorded my dog growling and shifted the pitch down -12semitones to get a really deep growling rumble for a monster sound. I put this sound in a video and I got a comment asking if it was an MP3. I ...
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Script stand ideas?

Hello everyone. What script stand do you use? Colin Hart touched upon metal mic stands creating reflections, and I'm sure this also applies to script stands - also paper. Anyone know anything about ...
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Uniqueness or quality?

Sometimes to get original and really unique sounds that might came out of unexpected sources (like circuit bent devices, tapes, and all things not positioned for pro quality output) we need to accept ...
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The best Pro Tools pitchshifter

Can anyone make a good suggestion for a good pitchshifter? The standard one is great if you want to 'adulterate' the sound in question, but I'd quite like one that keeps the sound reasonably intact ...
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Question about recording and air temperature.

I've heard that depending on the air temperature, the sound at live gigs will vary in it's harshness and softness. If I remember correctly, the hotter the temperature is, the better the sound will be. ...
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Should I record 24bit 96khz and then dither down for distribution?

Hello. Maybe this question has already answered itself as I'm not quite sure how else it would be done. But say I'm recording sound effects for distribution and I want to offer them in different ...
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Needing some advice for a small budget sound recording setup…

I'm currently into a project where I'll be needing to provide sounds in various formats, covering a whole spectrum of topices (ambience, household, human, impact etc). I will need to be providing ...
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Low-Budget Pre-Amp for Senn 416

Hello everyone. My friend asked me to do some research for him on a preamp for a Sennheiser 416. I'm stumped as I have been working in a professional studio my whole career and don't know where to ...
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When will films be mixed at 96K?

When do you think it will be standard to mix a film at 96K or possibly 192K and have it stay at that sample-rate? Will Feature Films ever make the jump to 96K rather than stay at 48K? Also, when you ...